Global Health Information Consultant
Ms. Julia Royall is a pioneer in the use of information technology to improve health and medical education and research in Africa. She served as Chief, Office on International Programs at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH, 1997 – 2011 where she was recruited as Special Expert and promoted to Chief, to leverage partnerships with US government agencies, major international NGOs, government agencies in Africa, private foundations, scientific organizations, research institutes, and universities in the US, UK, and Africa. She also served as Project Director, Malaria Research Network (a telecommunications network for scientists in Africa. Major results included: Initiated and led creation of Multilateral Initiative on Malaria Communications Network (MIMCom) comprising 27 research sites in 14 African countries; guided African medical students and faculty in the development of Medline Plus Tutorials in malaria, diarrhea, and mental health; facilitated the development of the Network of African Medical Librarians and Deans and the African Journal Partnership Project. Fulbright Scholar to Uganda 2007-8.
In 2011, formed global consultancy to bring health education and medical knowledge to the underserved, particularly in Africa. Major projects and clients include: Medical Education Partnership Project Initiative (MEPI), Office of Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State and U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH); Fogarty International Center/NIH - advise Director on issues of Internet connectivity in Africa and strategies for combining technology and pedagogy to enhance medical education.